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Sandra Perot

Ph.D., 2016

Dissertation: "Theatre Women and Cultural Diplomacy in the Transatlantic Anglophone World: 1752-1807"

Fields: Early American History, Public History, Victorian Women's History 
Faculty: Marla Miller, David Glassberg, Joyce Berkman 
Education: M.A. History, UMass Amherst; M.A. English, San Jose State University; A.B. English Princeton University 
Interests: Revolutionary-Era Transatlantic Anglophone Women's Theatre, Cultural history of Early American Women, Women and Literature in the Anglophone World, Transnational Museum Narratives,Oral Traditions and Memory,17th-Century Interracial Relations 

I came to UMass Amherst for a Master's Degree in History because of the Public History program. The focus here on the importance of landscape and community allows public history students to visualize history and, more importantly, help the public visualize history as well. With an MA in English Literature and teaching from San Jose State University, and an AB in English from Princeton University, I spent several years teaching high school English and American Literature, though I've always incorporated a cultural approach to teaching literature. After becoming involved as a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum here in Amherst, I wanted to discover what makes museums work and how to make them successful. Public History, for me, is the perfect blend of history, culture, and literature. Since then I have worked both at local museums and internationally. I spent a summer as an educational intern at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK; conducted an extensive inventory of material culture at The Evergreens, part of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst; and worked both as a guide and as staff support at the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum in The Netherlands. My focus currently at UMass is in examining transatlantic influences throughout the Anglophone world, particularly the way in which 17th- and 18th-century women interacted with, experienced and examined their surroundings as they moved from place to place.